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Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 2) Hardcover – June 23, 2009

3.5 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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Golden, an author new to the multiple Star Wars series, is likely familiar to readers from her long tenure as a Star Trek author. As the second in the projected nine book series, Omen is slower paced than the first volume, Outcast (2009), and more devoted to developing the series arc. Han and Leia are at home on Coruscant, as more Jedi go crazy, government pressure on the Jedi increases, and the media swarm the Temple. Ben and Luke continue their quest to uncover Jacen’s secrets as each of the crazed Jedi was in contact with him and is exhibiting powers previously only displayed by Jacen. They travel deep into the Rift to encounter a mysterious group of beings with a strange relationship with the Force, using it to power their ships and see the future. A new complication is introduced with a secret lost planet full of Sith (who have recently regained space travel), and Jacen’s trail appears to be leading Luke and Ben into their midst. Series fans will enjoy this entry and the continued exploration of the huge and mysterious Star Wars galaxy. Demand makes this an essential purchase for all science-fiction collections. --Jessica Moyer

About the Author

Christie Golden is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and the Warcraft novel Lord of the Clans.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I mostly liked this book. It had a lot of interesting character moments, some decent action, and some interesting plot points.

That said, I have a few problems with this title, but only one of them can be placed at the feet of the author, Ms. Golden. I like her writing, she is great at characters (See Star Trek: Voyager Homecoming). Here is my one problem with Golden's writing. Several times during this book, Jedi ignite their lightsabers to cut through a door or wall. They've done this in the past, and they'll do it in the future. My problem is that each time, Golden goes on for several paragraphs about how difficult it actually is to cut through a wall with a lightsaber. Look, its a valid point, and something the other authors have ignored, but I got it after the first time. WE GET IT! ITS HARD TO CUT THROUGH A DOOR WITH A LIGHTSABER!

And I also would have liked to see some mention of the droids, and some of the other peripherial characters, but since other books do this to the expense of the big 3 (Han, Luke, Leia), its a minor complaint.

My other complaints with the title are more related to how it fits into the overall series and I believe these issues are the fault of the editors giving Golden strict guidelines.

-I love the father-son moments with Luke and Ben. Love them. I love the Father-Daughter moments with Han and Jaina. All of these scenes were great, but there were a lot of them. My problem here is that if you look at the first book in the series (Exile), you see almost none of it. This book felt very heavy on such moments, and light on important events. The editors need to encourage the writer's to balance this out more, to include a better balance in future books.
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My bottom-line up-front is that if you like episodic Starwars that captures the feel of a television series (e.g., Scooby Doo: the characters each have their own schticks, solve the same type of problem each episode, and don't really change) then you will probably really like this CD.

The voice acting is excellent. The production qualities are great, and it includes music by John Williams.

[spoilers follow]

Truth in lending ... I bought this one, because it is the only audio book that our local library system does not carry out of the first six in the series. I listened to the first, Outcast, and thought it would be worth a listen.

The plot-line from Outcast remains unchanged. Luke and Ben Skywalker are out trying to follow the path that Jason Solo took to figure out why he became a Sith. In this episode, they visit a reptilian race that views the Force as a spectrum rather than light and dark. Of course, this leads to the dark side.

Two more Jedi go mad.

The Galactic Alliance government finds out that the Jedi captured and are holding two of the crazed Jedi.

No one comes a wit closer to figuring out why.

Luke and Ben finish with the reptiles and learn two more Force techniques (including Flow-walking) and head towards yet another species that Jason went to see.

The book introduces a new Sith threat, and in a hugely over-the-top plot device the book has Luke pick up a device that broadcasts his location to literally every Force sensitive in a ten light-year radius. No, I am not making that up.
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Getting through this book was an unpleasant slog.

I've read almost all the Star Wars books from the "X-Wing" series through this one -- forty or so books. Usually they are enjoyable, sometimes they are excellent, but not this time.

There are some interesting developments: Sith are portrayed in a positive light. Also, Natasi Daala, Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, has come to the conclusion that I've long held: the Jedi are a terribly dangerous loose cannon and have caused untold misery. But still I had to drag myself back to read this book.Maybe it's the leaden prose -- some of the worst I've seen in a Star Wars novel. In particular, the depictions of Luke and his son Ben are just tedious. Or perhaps I'm just tired of the "delusional Jedi disease" that is the central motif of this story arc.

Whatever the reason, if the next novel isn;t better, I'm going to have to get by with reading the Cliff notes.Maybe it's time to delve into the Old Republic stories.
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Like the nine-book Legacy of the Force before it, the Fate of the Jedi books feature three authors rotating authorial responsibilities. Two remain in place from the earlier series: again, Aaron Allston kicks things off and Troy Denning wraps them up. The author of Omen, Christie Golden, is the new player in the sequence, replacing Karen Traviss, who stormed out of the franchise when the Clone Wars cartoon didn't adhere to her vision for the Mandalorian culture (at least this is the best interpretation I could sift out of the mess). Ms. Golden brings prior experience in writing franchise-based novels but Omen is her first foray into the galaxy far, far away.

Omen is a promising start for Ms. Golden, hampered a bit by its extreme brevity and its place in Fate of the Jedi which relegates it largely to setting up events to come. Omen introduces the Lost Tribe of the Sith into the series: initially they are handled via flashbacks to two years ago and this juxtaposes well with the events of present day. Their portion of the tale does not progress far in Omen but it gives solid background for what's to come. I especially appreciated the link of the isolated planet Kesh and the Lost Tribe to Ship, the Sith training vessel which vanished in the middle of Legacy of the Force. Ship and primary Sith character Vestara Khai are quickly bound together and Ship's guidance to the Lost Tribe sets the stage for the inevitable Jedi/Sith conflict to come in later books. The Sith themselves are consistent with their portrayal in John Jackson Miller's short stories. I would classify their society as lawful evil in old-school Advanced Dungeons and Dragons terms: holding itself together with rules and codes while stepping on the weak to bolster the strong.
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